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Greensburg Veteran's Day

  • Published
  • By Deann Barr
  • 184 IW - 184 Intelligence Wing

Nearly 18 months after recovering a flag from the rubble left in the wake of the May 2006 catastrophic tornado, members of the Kansas Air National Guard presented the restored Old Glory to town leaders in a Veteran's Day Ceremony on Nov 11, 2008 at Greensburg High School. 

Attended by the entire 200-person student body of Greensburg, Mr. Gene West, Chairman of the County Commissioners accepted the flag on behalf of the community.
"That is one thing we don't have much of here any more, is part of our past," said West. "We are very pleased to have part of our history returned to us, to have it become part of our future. It's really important to us." 

In the days surrounding the disaster, many members of the 184th Intelligence Wing from McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas worked in Greensburg providing relief efforts to the town of 1400 which was destroyed by a level four tornado. 

A local man approached a 184th Guardsmen with a flag he had picked out of the rubble, and asked the Guard to tend to it.  SMSgt Bill Angstadt said they took the flag back to base, had it washed and mended, then folded into a display case. To him it seemed fitting to return the flag to the community during the Veteran's Day ceremony. 

"I hope returning the flag helps bring closure to the disaster for this town," said MSgt James Helms, an Honor Guard member who participated in the presentation ceremony.  "Hope can come out of bad things, and that flag, based on what it stands for, brings hope," said Helms. 

The flag will find a permanent home on the walls of the new Court House once reconstruction is complete said West. 

"It's awesome," said Peter Blanton, a Greensburg Physical Education instructor. "It's our community coming back together."

Local Information

Recruiting - 316-759-7424


Mailing Address:

52960 Jayhawk Dr.
McConnell AFB, KS 67221


Wichita Area Code – 316
Comm. Prefix – 759-XXXX
DSN Prefix – 743-XXXX
McConnell Operator – 6100
Weather Line – 1-800-892-526

Essential Numbers

184th Command Post – 759-7070
184th Force Support Sq. – 759-7431
184th Comptroller Flight – 759-7068
184th Sec. Forces Sq. – 759-7445
184th Medical Group - 759-7380
184th Public Affairs – 759-7561
Family Support Office – 759-7092
Director of Psych. Health – 759-8901
Sexual Assault Helpline – 759-7011
22nd Medical Group – 759-6300

Update your ID - 759-7431